The Disney Channel continues to push the envelope in defying its own puritanical censorship standards.
The lyrics to the song "TTYLXOX" include the acronym "LMAO".
Actually that's a pretty common misconception. It's "LMHO" which has been debated as to whether the "HO" stands for "head off" or "heart out" among fans. But it's still a bit of an envelope push that they are basically referencing "LMAO."
This wouldn't have been so bad if it weren't on Disney but in the same episode, we get this exchange:
CeCe: Remember when we were at camp and I wanted to race those canoes? Rocky: They were very unstable. CeCe: No, I'm very unstable! I tipped over the canoe, cut my lip, and my top came off! Rocky: CeCe, you were ten. Nobody even knew you were a girl. CeCe: I KNEW!
At the end of the episode where Flynn brings Henry to his karate class, Henry successfully "flips" CeCe. As Henry rejoices over finally being able to beat someone, Flynn says to him: "Now you can walk tall and proudly say that you beat up a girl!"
Deuce: How'd you do that? Flynn: Impressed? Would you say I... knocked your socks off? Deuce: Okay, let's move on to another trick before I wind up naked. Flynn: Yeah, nobody wants to see that.
In "Give It Up", Mrs. Locassio mentions that she used to dance as a Vegas showgirl in her birthday suit.
Also in "Give It Up":
Deuce: FYI, Seraphina told me couture means fancy clothes. I thought it meant lady parts.
At the beginning of the episode, CeCe is dreaming about being the star of "Shake It Up" and dancing solo. Rocky comes to inform her that she is dreaming and reminds her that she was making out with Robert Pattinson before going on stage. CeCe replies, "Don't worry, I didn't let him bite my neck!"
In one episode, Tinka and Ty have a series of ping pong matches (all of which Ty loses). Eventually, Ty does get to win, and their rules state that the winner gets to hit the loser with the ping pong ball. Ty refuses, saying he won't hit a girl. Tinka tells him he's "not a man, he doesn't even deserve to wear the pants he wears!"
In "Kick It Up", CeCe looks for new people to hang out with other than Rocky, leading to this:
In "Age It Up", the main conflict in the episode was CeCe and Rocky having to deal with the ephebophiliac relationship between 16 year old Justin Starr and his mid-twenty year old female manager. They most likely got it past the radar when it was revealed that Justin is actually 24 years old. Would have been a lot worse if the genders were switched...
Also, the lyrics to Justin's song "Not Too Young to Feel this Way", are very disturbing knowing that he is in a relationship with his manager, before we know that he is 24 years old. Lampshaded by CeCe and Rocky:
Rocky: Justin, we saw you kissing your manager. CeCe: And frankly, you are too young to feel this way!
From "Party It Up":
Flynn: We need more boys in this house. I'm outnumbered! CeCe's Mom: Hey, don't look at me! Factory's closed.
They even got away with an anorexia joke in the same episode:
Supermodel: I could just eat you up! You know, if I ate.
"Party It Up" sheds a positive light on anorexia...in terms of physical appearance, at least. The supermodel implies herself as a steadfast anorexic (case in point: "I've never met someone who weighs less than me before") yet she lacks any of the obvious signs such as emaciation, swollen cheeks, crippling self deprecation, anxiety, or antisocial behavior. Instead - during her short screen time - she appears as a conspicuously gorgeous and socially adept supermodel with a healthy complexion, who happens to be evidently superficial. The show drops no hints at the darker side of anorexia. Apparently, the disease has become so mainstream (and accepted), that it is finally okay to mock it on a children's television show. Fortunately, Demi Lovato spoke out against the tasteless jokes on this episode (and an episode of her old show So Random). As a result, "Party It Up" now airs without the references to anorexia and the So Random episode that had jokes about the disease has been banned.
Another minor example occurs in "Party It Up", when the two female protagonists withdraw and groan after body bumping. This followed the body bump of two guys...who did not groan.
In "Hook It Up", Rocky says this in response to changing in public:
Rocky: Well, my banjo prefers to stay in its case.
Also in "Hook It Up", after Ty teaches Flynn some dance moves to impress a girl he likes, Ty tells him to be careful not to pull something he might need after he's impressed the girl.
In response to being accused of sucking up to the boss:
Gunther: We have a saying in our country: "You can't get to the top unless you kiss the bottom."
Another example. After CeCe is used as a mop, Tinka comments that she has always known that CeCe is a dirty, dirty girl.
In "Match It Up", we got this:
Henry: So you see my conundrum. Flynn: I don't know what a conundrum is, but I'm pretty sure I don't wanna see yours!
CeCe was seen wondering why Deuce was so turned off by her.
A non-sexual one in "Wild It Up", when Rocky, after trying to act "bad", breaks into the vice principal's office and bubble wraps it. Deuce tells her in order to escape punishment she should go to a vending machine in the subway, find the key to a locker with a fake passport, go to Costa Rica to meet his cousin Zuzu who will set her up working in a factory, and her new name will be Carlos Esperanza.
One of the songs, "Scratch" features the line (which could easily be taken the wrong way): "You need to get yours, I need to get mine." Another song, "Roll the Dice" is basically all about gambling...
In Rocky's fantasy of what happens if they are no longer best friends, CeCe is a pop star, who is asked if she had work done. She replies that she had a butt job and a face lift, and gets told that her cheeks look fuller... Which cheeks?
In "Model It Up", Flynn is watching a Soap Opera with Mrs. Locassio and this exchange occurs:
Flynn: I don't understand what's happening. I thought that guy came over to clean her pool. Mrs. Locassio: Well, that's enough life lessons for today.
When they return in their reversed outfits, Gunther gushes about how good Ty looks, despite everyone else saying he looks foolish and embarrassing; he even goes so far as to place a hand on the small of his back reassuringly, which Ty doesn't seem to mind.
In the episode "Doctor It Up", Deuce mentions that his dad wants him in the family business, but until he's 18 he can't know what it is...
Do feel this? Do you feel that? ... Are you ready to move it? Move it? Cause I'm ready to lose it! Lose it!
In "Sweat It Up", CeCe's mom goes out with Cece's gym teacher (she'd been faking an injury in class and got caught) and it sounds like it didn't go especially well. The next day, the gym teacher tells CeCe she'll have to make up the missed classes in a relatively short time or go to summer school. CeCe asks him, "Is this because my mom blew you off?" She means because she didn't show interest in him but it sounds like something else ...
On one episode, a critic writes a bad review of Rocky and Cece's dancing on Shake it Up Chicago, so they spend most of the episode trying to dance for him to get him to give them a better review. At one point, they corner him in an elevator and tell him they're going to "razzle-dazzle" him. The critic gets a horrified look on his face and shouts "No!" I wonder what he thought they were going to do to him? *wink wink*
In "Tunnel It Up" Rocky says the only two people tall enough to dance with her when she's in heels are the guy who she winds up taking and the captain of the girl's basketball team.
It's amazing how Tinka's last line in "Reality Check It Up" was able to get past anyone's radar.
Tinka: You milk my goat, I shear your sheep.
In "Shake It Up, Up & Away", Ty gets trapped inside a giant dough, so he asks Deuce to grab the phone in his pocket and call for help. Deuce digs for the phone, but Ty quickly screams "HEY, THAT'S NOT THE PHONE!" with a very disgusted look on his face. Deuce apologizes with an equally disgusted look.
A minor case in '' Apply It Up", only because its said by girls and not boys. When Rocky and CeCe are excited about getting mail from the Chicago Fine Arts Academy, Rocky notices that CeCe's envelope is much bigger than hers and says " Why is your package bigger than mine" Nearly unnoticeable and if Ty and Deuce said it, it would have crashed into every radar tower imaginable.
Gary gets away with a lot of things such as forcing the kids to fish his cell out of the toilet, taking bribes from CeCe and Rocky when they want the spotlight dance, etc. that one has to wonder if it's meant to be humorous or disturbing.
He also has buddy/buddy moments with the dancers, mainly Rocky and CeCe, that seem slightly inappropriate for someone of his age and profession such as: suggesting his therapist to them, speaking to them like he's their peer and being touchy-feely on occasions (such as hugging CeCe and Rocky while he rests his head atop CeCe's and lets her call him Gare Bear).
It doesn't help that there are some who actually ship him with CeCe.
In "Throw It Up" CeCe and Rocky are trying to get a sick and sleeping Gary ready for the broadcast. Neither one wants to put on his pants leading to an argument:
CeCe: I'll get him dressed and then you do his pants.
Rocky (freaked out): Me!? You do his pants!
CeCe: No, you do his pants.
Rocky: No, you do it.
CeCe: Fine. We'll both do it.
Although the girls needing to remove his sweatpants to put on his other pants is lampshaded by the fact that they just put them on over his sweatpants, Gary giggles and mumbles unconsciously, "it tickles, mommy" to add to the awkwardness of the situation. We also don't see the girls button the jeans or zip them up on screen, but when they bring him to the stage they are and he also appears to be wearing a belt implying they finished the job.
The worst of the scene however is that in a few shots, Gary's sweatpants don't do much to hide his *ahem* package. In fact, they kind of accentuate it. How this got past the editors when they are particularly careful about these things on the Disney Channel (e.g. they have edited shots where bras appeared unintentionally) is a little baffling.
In the episode "Rock and Roll It Up", Gary's grandmother, Edie, tells the main characters about her being in the first dance show in America (or something like that). Because of this, the main cast portrays character's in Edie's story. Edie tell them about the time she and her best friend went to dance in a club despite the dance show being against it. One dancer tells Edie to shake her hips, to which she replies (something along the lines of), "I promised my mom I wouldn't until I was married."
In the episode "Future It Up", the future versions of CeCe and Rocky dance for a reunion show. They think about calling the experience "2 Girls, 4 Legs, 1 Incredible Night." How that got past the radar I'll never know.
"Shake, Santa, Shake" from the Christmas episode is the epitome of this.